NOAA in the Southeast and Caribbean Region

NOAA Assets in the Southeast & Caribbean Region

From the Carolinas to the Florida Keys and the U.S. Caribbean, NOAA has substantial capabilities working to address priorities and needs of our stakeholders and partners in the Southeast and Caribbean Region. Several NOAA centers, offices, and laboratories serve this region, with workforce concentrations in Beaufort, NC; Asheville, NC; Charleston, SC; St. Petersburg, FL; Miami, FL; and Key West, FL. The region also boasts three National Marine Sanctuaries, one River Forecast Center, a Tsunami Warning Program and Seismic Network, Weather Forecast Offices in all southeastern states and the U.S. Caribbean, and the National Hurricane Center.

NOAA’s aircraft operations center is located in Lakeland, Florida, and two NOAA ships, the Ronald Brown and the Nancy Foster, home port in Charleston, SC. NOAA port agents, law enforcement personnel, regional navigation managers, and other field staff are distributed throughout the region.

NOAA has a broad portfolio of activities and services in the Southeast and Caribbean.  Communication and coordination across NOAA and its partners can be challenging, given the extent of locations, missions, and needs.  In order to improve, focus, and better integrate the development and delivery of NOAA’s products and services, NOAA’s Southeast and Caribbean Regional Collaboration Team (SECART) supports the NOAA in the Caribbean collaborative that strengthens communication and coordination among NOAA and partners at a sub-regional level.

SECART Partners

In addition to NOAA employees and facilities, NOAA benefits from close partnerships with these NOAA-supported entities in the region:

National Estuarine Research Reserves

Coastal Zone Management Programs

Sea Grant College Programs

Cooperative Institutes

Regional Integrated Sciences & Assessments

Regional Coastal Ocean Observing Systems

Regional Fishery Management Councils

Regional Climate Center